Recommended Types of Metal Roofing in Salem

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When home and business owners begin their research on the various options for metal roofing in Salem, they quickly discover that there is a lot of information to comb through. Whether you’re looking for the classic and timeless sheet metal panels from Bruce & Dana or Taylor Metal here in Salem, or you’re fascinated by SteelROCK’s ability to replicate the look and feel of shake and stone tile roofs with metal materials, you have come to the right place. In this post, we will discuss the types of metal roofing available, and recommend the roofs we have seen perform the best for our customers in the Willamette Valley.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Standing seam metal roofs have a distinct look. If you think about any more modern metal roofs you’ve seen, chances are, it was a standing seam roof. These roofs are ordered to fit, with long sheet metal panels extending the length of the roof. Their seams, every 12-19 inches or so, lock together, and the panels are fastened underneath the connected seams. These roofs are commonly made of galvanized steel, aluminum, or other alloys. Occasionally, customers request a “higher end” metal, such as copper or zinc. Copper and zinc roofing panels are premium products, and they are quite expensive, but they do come with the added benefit of longer lifespans and a more luxurious look and feel. Copper roofs can last 80-100 years if properly maintained, which makes them ideal for buildings that aren’t likely to change ownership (churches, government buildings, etc.). Standard galvanized steel metal roofing panels typically last 30-50 years and come with great warranty options.

Corrugated Metal Roofing

If you have ever seen an old farm building with a rusty, wavy metal roof, chances are it was a corrugated metal roof. These roofs were very popular in the mid-1800s and are still installed today in some places. One of the draws to corrugated metal roofs in the past is that they were made of steel, which used to be a much more affordable metal. Corroded or rusty steel panels could be replaced as they wore out without much hassle. In today’s day and age, these roofs have been improved upon by advanced installation techniques, better water tightening practices, coatings, and alloys. With that said, homeowners often still prefer the look of standing seam roofs if they are considering a metal panel roof to begin with.

Metal roofing tiles and shakes

Many homeowners still love the look and feel of stone roofs and wood shake roofs, but they are disappointed by some of the sacrifices these roofs require (or the cost). These days, metal roofing manufacturers are building stone-coated, galvanized steel roofing tiles that look like stone roofing tiles, but are much lighter and more durable in some cases. These manufacturers are also producing metal roofing tiles that can mimic the look and feel of a wood shake roof, but with much less maintenance and more durability. We strongly encourage anyone who is considering a tile or shake roof to consider the metal option, as it will usually provide them with better value in the long-run.

At Slate & Slate Roofing, we recommend standing seam metal roofing and metal tile roofs to our customers. In our opinion, these are the best types of metal roofing in Salem, Oregon, and our customers have had great success with them so far. Metal roofing can be a great way to save money on energy bills, add durability to your home, and otherwise give you peace of mind as it comes to your roof. If you would like a free metal roofing estimate, give us a call today at (503) 585-2338 or use the estimate request form on the right-hand side of the page.


Written by
Terry Slate
Terry is the Vice President of Slate & Slate Roofing and has over 28 years of experience with both residential and commercial roofing. He specializes in metal roofing, composition roofing, and PVC membrane roofing.